5 most popular health IT stories in October

Here are the five most-read health IT stories from Becker's Hospital Review in October, beginning with the most popular:

1. RCM company nThrive seeks merger with athenahealth

RCM company nThrive proposed a merger with athenahealth, the healthcare technology company that's reportedly been in talks to consider selling itself for months.

2. UnitedHealth to debut EHR in 2019: 8 things to know

UnitedHealth Group revealed plans to debut an EHR in 2019 for its members and for providers, the insurer's CEO David Wichmann said on a third-quarter earnings call Oct. 16.

3. Anthem's $16M HIPAA settlement largest in history

Anthem will pay HHS $16 million to settle potential HIPAA violations related to cyberattacks that compromised the health information of nearly 79 million people in 2015.

4. Mayo completes Epic transition with Arizona, Florida go-lives

Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic completed its "Plummer Project," the name given to its systemwide rollout of a new Epic EHR.

5. Amazon patents new Alexa skill to detect when user is sick

Amazon filed a patent for its virtual voice assistant, Alexa, aimed at detecting whether a user is sick — and selling medicine or chicken noodle soup in response.

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